8 must-try dishes from Bay Leaf’s Restaurant Week menu, now-Jan. 31


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What a spread. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Is Bay Leaf Modern Indian Cuisine & Bar on your list of places to try in 2021? If so, nows your chance! Both Birmingham locations will be participating in Birmingham Restaurant Week happening now through January 31. Chef Z’s created a brand-new menu featuring an array of delicious dishes that are sure to call your name. Here’s what’s cooking.

Bay Leaf’s Mouth-Watering Birmingham Restaurant Week Menu

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Dinner is served. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

If you thought Bay Leaf’s holiday or Diwali menu was creative, just wait until you see what Chef Z has come up with for Birmingham Restaurant Week.

Bay Leaf’s Restaurant Week specials include three menus for lunch ($15), dinner ($35) and drinks, all featuring exciting takes on the traditional Indian dishes we know and love.

Keep scrolling for a visual tour of their Restaurant Week dinner menu and for all the details on how to get these divine dishes and more delivered right to your door.

Grab your spoons—soup’s up first.

1. Sweet Corn Asparagus Egg Drop Soup

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Sweet Corn Asparagus Egg Drop Soup. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

One of Chef Z’s personal favorites is the Sweet Corn Asparagus Egg Drop Soup. This twist on the Asian-style egg drop soup includes corn, asparagus and carrots and is one of the vegan choices on the menu. P.S. There’s also an option to order the soup with chicken for some extra protein.

“This is one of my favorites. Even at midnight, you can wake me up, and I can easily eat this dish.”

Chef Z, Bay Leaf Modern Indian Cuisine & Bar

Next on your plate, appetizers.

2. Coconut Fried Shrimp

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Coconut Fried Shrimp. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

This dish features traditional coconut shrimp with an Indian touch. Flavored with tamarind, breaded with coconut and flash-fried to perfection, it’s the perfect mix of tangy and sweet with a little crunch.

3. Corn Fluff

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Corn Fluff. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

If you like cornbread or corn casserole, you’re going to love Chef Z’s Corn Fluff. Made with cream-style corn, the crispy outside paired with the fluffy inside is *chef’s kiss* delicious.

“I had the recipe for these back in the ’90s in India. I was trying to get it, but no one could give it to me. After that, I went to culinary school, and even there, no one knew this recipe.

Then I finally came across one chef in Europe who knows how to make it. I learned this recipe from him.”

On to the Main Course…

4. Lump Crab Tikka Masala

Any seafood lovers out there? This dish is for you. A twist on traditional Chicken Tikka Masala, Chef Z has surprised us again by swapping the chicken for lump crab—and it does not dissappoint.

5. Peri Peri Roasted Chicken

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Peri Peri Chicken. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

The Peri Peri Chicken is a winner. It’s rubbed with Peri Peri paste, a delicious African sauce, then grilled in the Tandoori oven. The dish is served with a Moilee coconut sauce which is popular in southern parts of India and pairs perfectly with rice.

6. Lamb/Paneer Laal Maas

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Paneer Laal Maas. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Whether you’re a meat-eater or prefer veggies, you’ll love this dish. Depending on your personal preference, it comes with lamb or paneer, a popular cheese in India. We had the paneer, which is grilled with Peri Peri paste and served on a bed of rice with an onion and coconut sauce.

Finally, something sweet + some drinks!

7. Rasmalai Creme Brulee

Chef Z has added Rasmali, a milk dumpling dessert popular in India, to bring new life to the creme brulee. It’s baked and topped with a layer of hardened caramelized sugar and oh, so good.

8. Angel Halwa

From the outside, the Angel Halwa is a creamy tart topped with a yummy glaze and sweet cherry, but on the inside, you might be surprised to discover it’s filled with a squash pudding. It’s certainly one of Chef’s most creative, and surprisingly, most delicious dishes.

They’ll have four special cocktails including:

  • The Mumbai Mule (pictured above) | $8 — not your average mule using Tito’s vodka, fresh ginger, turmeric, lime + ginger beer
  • Bay Leaf Tropical Glory | $8 — a mix made with Tito’s vodka, mint, lime + guava
  • Pina Colada (pictured above) | $10 — a traditional sweet drink with rum, coconut cream + pineapple juice
  • Cardamom French 75 | $10 — their take on a French 75 with cognac, sparkling champagne, lemon juice + Indian cardamoms

Not ready to dine out? You can order online for pick up or delivery and get these dishes and more dropped off at your door. 👉

Bay Leaf makes it easy to get whatever dish you’re craving with online ordering and delivery. They also offer gift cards so you can purchase now and enjoy later.

Check out one of their two locations in Birmingham and show your support for this local eatery.

Bay Leaf’s Restaurant Week menu will be available until January 31. Order online here, or dine in at their Five Points South or 280 location

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